High Windshield for F700GS

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  1. terraunbound

    terraunbound Been here awhile

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    Is there such a thing as too tall a windshield? Drawbacks?

    I used to have a CeeBailey on the old bike that I have no idea what size. I'm short@ 5'5" with a 30-inch inseam.
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  2. jkbeaudin

    jkbeaudin n00b

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    Drawbacks that may be important to you on too tall windshields: Do you want to look over shield while driving on highway, over the shield while driving off road? Shorter shield could still deflect wind over your face to top of head and still allow you to see over. Of course this depends on the angle of the manufacturer sheild.

    I suggest you call Cee Bailey with your measurements and type of seat on your F700GS and they have tested the 700 with different sized windshields and can give you a pretty good idea what their shield can do.
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  3. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking about the Madstad, see lots of good reports and reviews.
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  4. Geoffster

    Geoffster Fool - Born This Way

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    My 700 has had stock, Moose +2 and Moose +4. I've settled on the Moose +4. The price is right ($71) after you buy the BMW adaptors.

    Observation: the battle on the 650/700/800 is immediately lost because most popular windshields are too narrow. I've just accepted the results of a stylish, narrow windshield.

    The Aeroflow has its unique backward shape because that was the way in which Paige could make it wide enough and clear the handlebars.

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    The Madstad is wide, wide, wide.

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    Note that all but the smallest Ztechnik requires mirror extenders because they're trying to go WIDE.

    Can't break or even bend the laws of physics, specifically fluid/gas dynamics.
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  5. terraunbound

    terraunbound Been here awhile

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    Ended up getting the Cee Bailey 16-inch windshield and am soooo happy. Riding along at 75 mph is no longer a contest of wills - will I be blown off the bike - will my arms tire out from the wind. Instead its a nice smooth ride. I can easily see over the top of the windshield. I also like the stabilizer bracket that holds the windscreen in place - very nice construction overall.

    And in fact, there's so little air flow and no turbulence that I can wear one less layer. The only drawback (if anything) is that in the 90+ heat we've been having, its a little too toasty; but I not complaining because most of the year I'm riding to work in the 40s or less.
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  6. Turk34

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    I ve got Cee Baileys 18" and happy with it. I have 700 GS with comfort seat. My height is 5' 7".

    I also see Madstad had nice windscreens, too...I was too late to check this one. http://www.madstad.com/
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  7. tim-atl

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    Also have a 700gs w/comfort seat and am 5'7" too. I ordered a madstad last weekend we'll have to compare notes :D
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  8. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    How much higher is the comfort seat (than the standard seat), and did you order the 10 or 20" Madstad screen?
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  9. tim-atl

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    I don't think the seat is more than an inch difference.

    I ordered the 18" light grey Madstad, it is in UPS's hands and should arrive this Tuesday.
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  10. Polanskyster

    Polanskyster n00b

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    I installed the 18" Madstad on my F700GS earlier in the week. It works great, allowing me to listen to tunes on medium volume through my SENA headset. The install was easy as long and you follow the perfect instructions.

    The Madstad should be standard equipment on this bike!
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  11. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    Since you are 5'7" with a 1" high seat, and I'm 5'9" with a ~1" low seat, that would make us just about equal relative to the height of the windscreen. Looking forward to hearing how the 18" works for your height. Cheers :)
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  12. tim-atl

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    Installed my 18" madstad last night late. Installation was easy and I eyeballed it at chin height and 60 degree's. Rode in to work this morning (which btw will guarantee afternoon showers), I have a 32 mile commute that is 90% interstate. It was a completely different ride. Much quieter and no wind on my helmet except for the very top. I could hear the motor like never before and I could even open my face shield at 75mph. I quickly got scared a gust of wind would rip off my head and closed it but you get my point.
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  13. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    Good stuff, enjoy your newly smooth and quiet ride :) . . thanks for the update Tim!
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  14. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    After a full riding season on my 700GS, and much gnashing of teeth and reading everyone's reviews/comments in here, I decided to give myself a Givi Airflow for Christmas :) . . . now I just have to wait for next riding season to add my 'review'. For me it ended up between the Madstad and Airflow because I wanted a screen that took advantage of the laminar effect and they both seemed to have consistently good user reviews. Screen appears to be very high quality build. Sourced from Redline Cycle in Kelowna (where I live), Ryan (owner) had it here in 3 days, just over $200.
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  15. MYCL

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    Purchased a 20" Cee Bailey's touring windscreen for a customer with a new 2013 F700GS, standard chassis.

    Good looking screen, well engineered support bracket, and easy installation. Customer who is 5'6" without his Shoei Qwest helmet noted improved wind management over OEM screen (short), but Cee Bailey's screen did not eliminate helmet buffeting at high speeds (+50mph). Most importantly screen width did not accommodate the OEM hand guards. Handlebar could not be turn to the extreme right or left, negating the steering lock (handlebar turned left). When contacted Cee Bailey's stated that trimming the windscreen would compromise its integrity. They were gracious about a return with full refund.
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  16. ultane

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    I tried the large BMW windshield for the F800GS on my new F700GS, with the required BMW metal bracket. It just wasn't quite tall enough for my SO (5'3"). I recently ordered the large Touratech windshield. It's much nicer for her, though not quite tall enough for extended travel on the interstate for me if I'm on the bike.
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  17. Capt CF

    Capt CF Pontificating Nobody

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    Thanks for the info. I went with the Givi Airflow and it seems ok to me, but a lot of people are complaining about buffeting at highway speeds. I almost went with the Cee Bailey's, but am glad I didn't since I'd rather have some buffeting and proper bar/barkbuster clearance with my Givi than buffeting and the inability to lock the bars without hitting the screen with the CB screen.
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  18. Morro

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  19. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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  20. ZTechnik

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    Here's our F700GS VStream prototype windshield. Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of what we're working on for the 700GS.

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    The most important innovation in this shield is seen in the second picture. The additional polycarbonate pieces that attach to the tank is going to lead to a MASSIVE reduction of wind updraft coming from the front end of the bike. This is going to be a very calm highway ride!
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